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Re: [CQ-Contest] CQ WW High Rates

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] CQ WW High Rates
From: Michael Adams <mda@n1en.org>
Date: Wed, 2 Dec 2015 18:50:50 +0000
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When it comes to such an awesome display of skill, given the nature of 
demographics, geography, and propagation, I don't see how you can get to a 
level playing field when it comes to a rate-fest contest.

Yes, there are almost certainly ways to structure scoring rules such that the 
scoring is made more level and perhaps the potential for competitiveness would 
bring more operators into the mix, but I'm not certain such changes could 
overcome the fact that there are a LOT of operators in eastern North America 
and Europe, and there are a few places in the world where they all can hear you 
and they all really want to work you.

Maybe, if the contest were moved to be some kind of a Hamsphere meets 
Morserunner event... but personally, I think the lack of station-building and 
RF involved would kill the magic of such an event for me.   I might make an 
exception if I could have a Caribbean DXCC entity all to myself in that event.

A real-world, level-playing field event (aside from a limited-entrant event 
such as WRTC) isn't going to be a rate fest.  It's going to have more of a Stew 
Perry kind of feel.  And while that is fun....I don't think we'd be filling 
reflectors with traffic about jaw-dropping displays of high-rate SO2R videos 
recorded during such a contest.

Michael Adams | N1EN | mda@n1en.org

-----Original Message-----

It isn't about ME, Hans, it's about the thousands of contesters outside the 
favored geography, many of them my neighbors. It isn't even about winning, but 
rather simply about being in the contest or not. If you're in W6 in a DX 
contest, you're not in the contest, no matter how good your station or your 

We've observed that N6MJ is an incredible operator, but he's not "in the 
contest" from even the very best station in W6. To get in the game, he must 
travel at least 3,000 miles, and 5,000 miles is better.

73, Jim K9YC
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